The Revonist Recollection of the GOP

Posted on September 20, 2016 by

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The rhetoric we see proudly lauded within the GOP, and pushed by Conservatives alike, is this deeply entrenched belief that it’s an American duty to exultantly march forward through this country’s history without looking towards the past. To simply remove the dialogue concerning systemic and institutionalized issues of oppression, and racism, with faux patriotism. This idea is beautifully encapsulated within the slogan of Donald Trump’s campaign “Make America Great Again.” But as an African American, and a minority within this country, my question – as many minorities have echoed throughout this election cycle – is simply: when was America ever great? The Conservative parties’ glamorization and romanticizing of this country’s history is simply a deliberate attempt to revise her atrocities, and in many ways, the constituency that has continued to politically align themselves, or found agreement in principal inter-generationaly, with the dismissive nature of issues affecting communities of color.

Trumps Rhetoric:

These ideals which are continuously propagated, and in turn germinate within the GOP lead to ideals of American (white) benevolence. They in turn validate principals such as the model minority method within various communities; while in turn, indirectly, placing the burden of oppression onto communities who fall outside of these lines of thinking. These issues were outlined perfectly by the statements that Donald Trump has made during his “political outreach” to the African American community during these last two months.

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This isn’t outreach… this is simply validating racial stigmas about the African American community; in which Trump is speaking directly to a disproportionate white crowd, to garner support from college educated white voters. This line of thinking simply paints the African American community as apolitical, monolithic and it’s grounded in ahistoricism.

(September 20, 2016) Donald Trump spoke in Kenansville, North Carolina tonight about the Black community, saying:

We’re going to rebuild our inner cities because our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before. Ever. Ever. Ever.

These comments once again reflect the willful ignorance attached to the history and suffrage of African Americans within this country. Trump seemingly forgets the history of slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow within this country, that marginalized and violated the African American community for centuries. The impact of these comments are not only disrespectful to the historic plight of African Americans, it’s also dangerous – especially when Trumps rhetoric, directly, validates the fear and  racial pathologization of African American people within this country.

President Obama commented on Trumps statements saying:

You may have heard Hillary’s opponent in this election say that there’s never been a worse time to be a black person. I mean, he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery or Jim Crow, But we’ve got a museum for him to visit, so he can tune in. We will educate him.

Trump seemingly could careless about civil rights; or the historic oppression of African Americans within this country. These feelings aren’t misplaced; Trumps own history as a businessman and his business practices of tenant and leasing racial discrimination is well documented. He classified these African American individuals and activist who sued him for discrimination as “welfare recipients.” While he never admitted guilt; New York City commission on human rights and Justice Department records uncovered a history of racial bias within Trumps family business.

 

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